The Great Goal

The Great Goal

They may start out with good intentions. But they also realize that the office that they’re striving for offers power and, in most cases, great wealth. They strive hard to obtain their goal. A lot of effort and money is spent on pleading their case to the public. Some twist the truth, some outright lie. All is done and said with the great goal in mind. We listen, we get confused, and then make a decision to trust one of them. We believe in him or her. We feel good about our decision. This one seems different. This one seems like the one who’ll do the job! Finally things are going to change. 

 On that day, they arrive at their posts. They are welcomed by those who have been there for years. For some it’s been a hard fought journey. For some, idealistic causes are still fresh on their minds. There’s the handshake and with the wink of an eye the game begins. Play along and you’ll get that power and wealth you desire. Cause trouble and you might as well not even unpack your suitcase. Avoiding the temptation takes great courage and strength. All too many fold, surrender, give up. After all, they want to unpack, put their things away and make a home and a future for themselves. The’ve obtained the first step of their great goal.

 There is one man who was different than all. He had a great goal. But unlike any other man His great goal was untainted with selfish desire or self gratification. His goal was free of the drive for power or great wealth. His great goal was motivated by His great love. 

 Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

 Jesus was moved with compassion for us! No wealth or power in sight. (in fact He was going to die to obtain His goal) Only compassion and love for mankind. His goal was to shepherd us to a relationship with God that can only come by surrendering to the Shepherd! He also said “come to me all who labor and are heavy ladened and I will give you rest for your souls”. Then He told His followers to go out into the harvest and let others know! The Great Shepherd desires to bring you into a great rest. To bring fulfillment to your life. What a great hope!

 You see, I am a laborer in His harvest. When I listen, I am not confused at His promises. I have no fear that He is “in it for Himself”. That brings me great comfort when I see those making their promises to obtain their great goal. There is a scripture in Psalm 20 that says: 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 8 They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.

 His great goal? It was to offer us not only comfort from weariness now but beyond this life into the eternal. To live life trusting the Great Shepherd now is glorious. But Jesus Himself said  “I tell you for certain that everyone who has faith in me has eternal life.” John 6:47







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